Bobby L. Guthrie, the 37-year-old Columbus man first charged with aggravated assault for allegedly striking Kenneth Heath in the head over a woman, now faces a murder charge, police said.
Police were called to the 3000 block of Fourth Avenue around 2 p.m. Thursday, where they found Heath, 39, suffering from a blow to the head, Columbus Police Sgt. Harvey Hatcher said. Lt. Charles Kennedy said Heath had been hit with a cinder block.
Heath was taken to The Medical Center, and Guthrie was arrested on an aggravated assault charge more than 24 hours later, Hatcher said.
Saturday afternoon, Heath died, Kennedy said.
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“When (Heath) died, that’s when we upgraded it to a murder charge,” Kennedy said.
Guthrie faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, simple battery as well as a probation violation. His Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.